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3.02.2009

I mean it

I would like to sit down here today and write as though everything were normal, as though I were actually capable of forming complete sentences. But the truth is, I am an absolute maniac. Tomorrow is the official release date for my book, a day that I never really trusted would come, and I feel alternately so ecstatic and so freaked out that I can’t decide whether I need to run around the block a few dozen times or lie down for a nap. In the meantime, I will eat some sweet potato pound cake. As you can see, that’s been my fallback position for a few days now.


Many of you have written already(!) to say that you have the book in your hands, and that you’ve started to read and cook from it, and I want to thank you for that. Thank you. I wouldn’t have written the thing at all if it weren’t for you, and I mean it. I hope that, if you can, you will come out and let me shake your hand and thank you in person. I’ll be looking for you.

To those of you in the Seattle area: I will be at University Book Store tomorrow night - Tuesday, March 3 - at 7:00 pm. I’m baking some coconut macaroons with chocolate ganache for the occasion, and as an added bonus, I will probably be blushing uncontrollably through the entire evening. It’s a show you don’t want to miss. (4326 University Way NE)

To those in the Portland area: I will be at Powell’s this Friday, March 6, at 7:30 pm. I can’t guarantee any macaroons, but I will no doubt still be blushing. (1005 W. Burnside)

And an update on the Washington, DC event: a number of you e-mailed or left comments to express an interest in coming that night, but I now need a formal RSVP. If you plan to attend, please e-mail cheeseandchocolate (at) gmail (dot) com to say so. The event will be at Ceiba on March 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, with a cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and books for sale. The DC event is now full. Whew! I’m so sorry that we cannot accommodate more of you; we’ve just run out of space.

I think that’s all for now. I anticipate that I won’t be able to post much for the next couple of weeks, but I will stop by to remind you of where I’ll be, and when, and at what time, and whatnot.

And when I get back, I’ll have a new Delancey update for you. Last week, the wood-burning oven arrived - that’s the first step in building the kitchen - and it’s beautiful. It weighs 3,600 pounds. Its arrival heralded two days of sweat, heavy lifting, and cement-mixing for Brandon, and for me, a few rolls of film and an early morning in my pajamas, helping to move it into position in the soon-to-be kitchen with the help of a plastic protractor, masking tape, and a cart that vaguely resembled a handtruck on steroids. Needless to say, I have some photographs for you. Although none of them feature my pajamas, so don’t get your hopes up.


Until then, be well, bake yourself some sweet potato pound cake, and thank you, always, for being here.


Sweet Potato Pound Cake
Adapted from Southern Cakes, by Nancie McDermott

I was introduced to this cake by my friend Shari, who co-curates the inspiring site this joy+ride. (That’s me in the current issue, #12. Thank you, sweet Shari.) She not only gave me the cookbook that contains this recipe, but she also posted an enticing photo of it on Flickr the other day. She has never led me astray in anything, so I took the hint. I immediately flipped on the oven and pulled some butter out of the fridge, and I suggest that you do the same.

This cake is perfect for late winter: moist, fragrant, warmly spiced, with a flavor a little bit like – and I mean this in a very good way – a spice doughnut. Or maybe an applesauce doughnut. In short, I am going to be making it for a long, long time. You can roast, peel, and mash the sweet potatoes ahead of time, and from there, the cake comes together fairly quickly and easily. The recipe comes with an optional buttermilk glaze, which I used and liked very much, but you could go either way. The glaze is mainly for added flavor and moisture: in my experience, it isn’t one of those types that sits prettily atop the cake, but rather soaks in like a syrup. The overall effect was dangerous. I think I ate about five slices on Saturday. Consider that a warning.

For the cake:
3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
½ tsp. salt
½ cup milk (low-fat is okay)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes

For the buttermilk glaze (optional):
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup sugar
4 Tbsp. (½ stick) unsalted butter, cubed
1 ½ tsp. cornstarch or flour
¼ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube or Bundt pan. (If your pan is nonstick, you can get away with just some cooking spray; no need to flour.)

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk well. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the milk and vanilla.

In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and light brown sugar until light and fluffy, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the sweet potatoes, and mix until the batter is combined. (The batter may look terrible at this point: curdled, weird, terrible. Don’t worry.) With the mixer on low speed, add half of the flour mixture. Beat to just incorporate. Then add half of the milk mixture, and continue to beat on low until well blended. Add the remaining flour, followed by the remaining milk, and beat on low until the batter is thick and smooth.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 60 to 75 minutes, or until the cake springs back when pressed lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a thin knife around the edge to loosen the cake, and then carefully invert it onto the rack.

Meanwhile, make the glaze, if using. In a medium saucepan, combine the buttermilk, sugar, butter, cornstarch, and baking soda. Place it over medium heat, and bring it just to a gentle boil. Immediately remove it from the heat, stir well, and set it aside to cool to room temperature. Add the vanilla, and stir well.

Set the wire rack - with the cake atop it - over a rimmed sheet pan. Spoon the glaze through a fine-mesh sieve over the warm cake. (I recommend using a sieve because my batch of glaze had some little gelatinous bits of clumped cornstarch in it.)

Cool completely before serving.

185 Comments:

Anonymous Stephanie said...

Congratulations on your book! I'm going to try to come to your Capitola book signing. How totally fun!! Good luck tomorrow.

6:05 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous Shelley (Pink House) said...

Oh my gosh! I'm actually going to be in Portland this Friday night! I just might be able to make it to Powell's. Are you doing a reading or just signing books? Exciting!

6:05 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous dana said...

I was just wondering if your were even going to be able to sleep tonight!! I'm excited, and it's not even my book! Can't wait to read it! So I am getting of work at UW at 7:30PM tomorrow night and then I will be at the bookstore...save me a macaroon! OK....or some ganache, I'm not a picky girl. Congrats, Molly.

6:11 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous Kate said...

Hooray for your book! My husband gave it for me as a Valentine's Day present and it arrived on Saturday. I am loving every word. Congratulations to you and enjoy the excitement!

P.S. My mom was an aerobic dancing instructor and was ALSO on a local tv morning news show to do demonstrations. They had me perform a few moves for kids and I wore the sparkliest tights and legwarmers.

6:12 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous meleyna said...

Congratulations to both you AND Brandon.

6:19 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous Janna said...

Yaye! I can make it.

Can I bring anything, food and/or drink-wise tomorrow?

Here's to getting a good night's sleep. I recommend a glass of red wine.

6:27 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger MommyAmy said...

Congrats on your book! I'd come to your Portland event but that's the one night this month when my book discussion group meets. :( That cake looks amazing too!

6:30 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous Julie said...

Any chance of you coming to Canada? Vancouver, even? Perhaps even Calgary? Congratulations on your book - I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Please don't tell me it's that lush and green outside in Seattle already...

6:37 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger City Girl said...

Congrats on everything :)

6:39 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger indigo said...

I just finished devouring your book last night. It's so wonderful! Bloggers don't always make good book-writers, but as soon as I started reading, I knew you'd nailed it! So many yummy words all at once... now I'll have to start cooking some of the recipes.... Big congratulations, again.

6:42 PM, March 02, 2009  
OpenID elbales said...

Oh, my, that's wonderful. :) Congratulations!

6:48 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger MyLastBite said...

Sending you warm wishes and don't forget to have fun!

6:54 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Caroline said...

Congratulations on your book! I can't wait to get my copy. I pre ordered it a while a back, and I just checked my Amazon account to see when it'll ship. It looks like I'll have to wait until the end of March! I don't know whether I can wait that long.

The potato pound cake sounds great. My Dad got me a Chrysanthemum cake form for Christmas and I think this is the perfect cake for it.

Good luck on the book tour! I wish you could come to San Diego, too.

6:56 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Mama Bear said...

Ever so many congratulations - what an exciting day for you tomorrow!!!!

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy...have a fabulous day tomorrow!

PS - have you practiced your signature?!?!?!?

7:10 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Judy said...

Congratulations and I will definitely get the book now that I know it's out. I've been waiting patiently or not so much. I just finished reading this months Bon Appetit rice pudding article and it makes me want to run to my kitchen and make some.

7:18 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Laura [What I Like] said...

This must be such an exciting time for you...congratulations a thousand times!

7:27 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

I love sweet potato but never thought about it in a pound cake!
I’m looking forward to shaking your hand on 4/28 and have you autograph my copy of the book. Probably no macaroons then either, eh? But I’m sure Tom Douglas will provide something wonderful for this event ;-)

7:33 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Brooke said...

I just finished your book and it was so lovely. Very sweet and sad at times. Yours is the first cookbook I've read cover to cover. I'm looking forward to trying so many of the recipes!

7:35 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger ellie said...

You're going to have a blast! I'll be first in line if (no, when!) you come to New York City.

7:39 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger A Day That Is Dessert said...

I will be there with bells on!

7:47 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous www.potsandpins.com said...

Congratulations! Don't be surprised if there are tons of people waiting in line tomorrow night - I plan to be one of those peeps...I'm excited to purchase your book - having a book published is no small thing!! I'm probably looking forward to tomorrow as much as you...macaroons will do that to me! Nan

7:48 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous aimee said...

Congratulations! I look forward to meeting you on your stop to NYC.

7:48 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous Teresa said...

You can write, you bake amazing cakes and you make beautiful photographs. You are pretty much my hero. Congratulations, Molly, I hope you have a great time savouring your accomplishment!

8:01 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Bugglemama said...

I first "discovered" you in Bon Appetit (the piece about the souffles). I've been tuning in here ever since but have never commented. I just wanted to say congratulations, particularly because you seem like such a sincere, deserving soul. I am truly happy for your success and wish you much more. I commend you for your discipline and your obvious love of food, and the joy that it brings. Thanks!

8:03 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Leah said...

I said it on Flickr, the phone, and in email. I wish I could say it in sky writing, on a billboard, and via homing pigeon, but I'll just say it here, too.

I tore open the box last night when I got home, and I'm so proud of you.

You are an inspiration, a darling, a wonder, a dear and true friend, and a superstar. Knock 'em dead, gorgeous. My heart is pounding for you.

Love you to pieces. xoxoxoxo

8:06 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Andrea said...

Well shoot, I live in the DC area but will miss seeing you on the 16th! Congratulations on your book, I'm looking forward to reading it. BTW, I love the Southern Cakes cookbook. There's not a bad cake in the bunch.

8:23 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Can you imagine my surprise and excitement when I saw your book on the shelf at the Borders in downtown Boston on SUNDAY? My boyfriend must have thought I was having some sort of errant fit: I was all "but! tuesday! not out yet! book! must! have!" And so I bought it, I hope you don't mind that it was early, because I love it. It's wonderful. Congratulations.

8:27 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger PheMom said...

I just saw it the other day at B&N and can't wait to get my copy. Congratulations!

8:34 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Alejandra said...

Congratulations! I just ran out and got your book this afternoon after work. I NEVER buy or read hardcover books (they're not as comfortable to read as paperback), but I just couldn't wait for the paperback for you!

8:37 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous christy said...

so weird. i just just made a sweet potato bundt cake. mine however, did not survive the pan. i was too anxious to get it onto the plate, and flipped it while it was still quite warm. it held onto the pan for dear life. yours looks lovely. i'm loving your book :-) congratulations!

8:39 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Sarah said...

Congratulations on your book release! Tomorrow is my birthday, so your book is my birthday present to myself. Enjoy the book tour - hopefully I will get to come to the Portland stop!

8:42 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Congratulations on your book! I'm in the SF Bay Area and will be at Book Passage in SF on the 11th. I am saving your book to read while I'm in/on my way to Europe in 18 days. I will take a few peaks before then.

8:56 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Vivian said...

I was able to pick up a copy this weekend at the Full Circle Bookstore. I it is such a sweet book I love how you were able to associate your memories with each recipe. Congratulations on your first book and hope to see you in OKC.

9:06 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous Marcia said...

Over the weekend I read your wonderful book cover to cover, and then sent it back to college with my younger daughter to give to her older sister. I'm betting the older one doesn't get it because the younger opened it on the bus on the way back. I think that if I want to cook from your book, I'm going to have to buy a second copy!

9:07 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous candybeans said...

hmm... I thought I'd seen an LA event earlier, but not this time. I am so excited to get my hands on that book. Being able to hold in my hands a beautiful compilation of all the blog entries that have brought me so much delight and enjoyment...Can. not. wait.

9:54 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger the premed next door said...

Molly,

I always wonder if you have the time and energy to read all the comments that we avid Orangette readers leave. At your start, it was only 10 or 20--a manageable amount, I think--but now it has grown a ridiculous amount.

I just want to say that I am incredibly excited about your book. I can't wait to read it and pour over the recipes, as I do this blog.

Someday I hope to be lucky enough to fit writing and food into my life as you have.

9:58 PM, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous Margareth said...

I am in the SF Bay Area, just got a copy of your book in the mail last Friday. It never fails to bring a little warmth and sunshine into this gloomy rainy season, just like your blog entries. See you soon!!

10:20 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Kathy said...

Just glazed the cake! But whoops--forgot to add the vanilla at the end. It ought to make a great breakfast, since sweet potatoes are healthy!

But nothing could beat the apple cake. What a gem of a recipe!

Enjoy this special, special time!

11:23 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Gemma said...

Ooooh, sweet potato in a cake, I'm there. Good luck with all the signings, if it wasn't for that pesky Atlantic Ocean I would be there in a shot! Think I'll take your book with me on the bus today to bookmark the recipes I want to try (although I will probably just end up rereading the entire thing).

11:28 PM, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Paul Michael Smith said...

Only recently came upon Orangette and you have already displaced MFK Fisher in my pantheon of food writers. Congratulations on your book! Looking forward to the stove chronicles.

12:09 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Snooky doodle said...

congratulations on the book1 wish to buy it too! hope I ll find it somewhere :)since I m so far away. Is it available at Amazon?
this cake looks delicious!

12:10 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Samarahuel said...

Oh dear! I have everything I need to make this, including some buttermilk that needs to be used. (I scoured the internet yesterday for a recipe that suited me, including this site, but this is the first recipe that has spoken to me.) But alas! No Bundt pan. What should I do?

3:11 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger shari said...

i loved seeing the sweet potato cake through your eyes. i need to make another one pronto. enjoy your book tour friend. wish i could sit in the front row each night and cheer you on. thinking of you and sending hugs!

4:27 AM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your book!

I am currently abroad for a bit and unfortunately do not have a bundt pan here. Would baking it in a normal loaf pan be alright?

4:27 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Melanie said...

Molly,

Congrats on the book. I received mine last week from Amazon & when I saw the cover I just smiled. It makes me so happy. The cover is just sweet, sweet, sweet! I haven't started reading it yet but I can't wait. I wish that I could get it signed:(

4:36 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Karen said...

According to Amazon, the book is on its way. I can't wait to get started. Congratulations and have a great time on your book tours.

4:54 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Brian G. said...

Oh! I live in IN but will be visiting family near Seattle for a week at the end of March. Will you have any signings then? I wish the restaurant was open - I guess I'll just have to come back and visit my parents again next year, huh?

I can't wait to try this healthy cake. (It has sweet potatoes, right?) There are sweet potatoes on my counter right now that need to be eaten. Perfect!

5:05 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Bansidhe said...

Congrats, Molly! I'm another of those Amazon pre-order folks that already have your book: It's been enjoyable so far, and I probably would have devoured it already if work weren't keeping me so very, very busy right now.

... Er. No pun intended. :}

Thank you for writing it!

5:10 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Deb Pinelands said...

I flew through the book, trying to make it last, like a great meal, but all too soon I'd consumed the whole thing. It was as wonderful as I'd hoped - what more could you want? Food, cooking, travel, romance? Congratulations and how soon before the next?

5:16 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Melissa said...

I love your blog, and I so hope you'll one day publish a book illustrated with photos. Your lovely aerial shots of food and evocative table settings are one of the best parts of Orangette!

5:22 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger teryll said...

I picked up my copy over the weekend, just finished the chocolate macaroons chapter! Molly, this book is lover-ly in so many ways, thanks for inspiring me to continue doing what I do. Best wishes!

5:47 AM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Constance said...

Dear Molly, just ordered your book from Amazon and I'm really looking forward to reading it. Congrats on the book and the wood-burning oven, and best wishes for continued success.

6:03 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger jodi said...

congratulations!!
i received my copy from amazon a few days ago and am really enjoying it. glad to see you'll be coming to NYC!

6:24 AM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Tammie Dooley said...

I love your photography, WILL buy your book, and will, if nothing else, project myself into the kitchen to bake the sweet potato pound cake! -- Tammie

6:44 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger the Reinhardts said...

Please come to Nashville....

6:52 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger maggie said...

Oooh—flavor like a spice donut? I need this cake, I think.

Hope to meet you at the NYC event!

7:11 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger hannah said...

i vote for taking a nap, but i'm not much of a running person. isn't that pound cake just lovely? i finished the last slice yesterday. i didn't glaze mine, but that just means i'll have to make another. i did however add a dash of cinnamon & cayenne pepper. mmmm. try it.

7:12 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Just Cook It said...

Congrats on the book. Am sure you'll do just great. Am new to your blog but delighted I found it.

7:19 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Lisa said...

This cake is SO GOOD. I think I might have you beat regarding how much I ate in a day. It's kind of like you with peanut butter sandwiches, maybe?

And those macaroons! They were one of the early recipes that wooed me here. Just read our comments from back then and got carried away in a fit of nostalgia.

Have a wonderful time these next few weeks! It's all just so amazing.

7:33 AM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Chocolate & Toast said...

I'm jumping up and down for you right now! Enjoy Every. Single. Moment. You have totally earned it. Thanks for giving us all a little piece of you through Orangette, and now your book!

7:43 AM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Mel H said...

Many congrats Molly. I have yet to pick up your book, but I will soon and can hardly wait.

Hopefully your book tour will make it to Canada? With those yummy macaroons in tow? Okay...likely not, but I can't say I blame you. Its way too cold up here!

Enjoy the next few weeks!

8:02 AM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Heather said...

Congrats on the book, we in the food blogsphere are so proud of you. Enjoy this time and the blessing that you have been given to share your stories and love of food with the world. There won't be another time in your life like this one.

8:26 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Melissa said...

Please say you'll be making a Canadian stop on your book tour. I vote for Toronto! I'm about to buy the book online, and I'll tell my friends to do the same. Congratulations!

8:35 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Reese-E said...

Congrats!! Any chance you're coming to LA on your book tour?? That would be awesome! Also, I was so inspired by your crab feast post that I had to copy you. Crab, sour dough bread and white wine. It was a fantastic night! Thanks for the inspiration!

9:06 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

Oh wow, that looks incredible. And the description of "like a doughnut" is a very, very good thing! Mmmmm will have to try this recipe. And congratulations on your new book! Can't wait to read it.

9:32 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Christine said...

Wow, how exciting! Congratulations on your book! I am in Portland and planning to attend your event at Powell's. Can't wait!

9:44 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Kasey said...

Molly, congratulations! I am really looking forward to reading your book and am hopeful I'll be able to come out to your San Francisco book signing next week.

9:46 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger kickpleat said...

Molly, I can't wait for the book to be in my hands!! I'm so excited for you. Congratulations!

10:47 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Sara said...

A box was just delivered to my desk. I cut it open and there, sitting on top of the pile of books, was yours - pretty and green and red and still cold from its travels. I cracked it open and my eyes welled up with tears immediately.

I've never written here before but I wanted to share my happy tears with you. I'm a book editor, and occasionally tear up the first time I see a finished copy of a book I've worked on. I'll admit that I wish that I had found you before your editor did, but this isn't about me. Congratulations Molly.

11:02 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Camilla Engman said...

:) I just read this - http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/book-reviews/a-homemade-life-stories-and-recipes-from-my-kitchen-table-by-molly-wizenburg-book-review-2009-077964

I hope you are having a wonderful release day!! I sent an e-mail the other day, but I'm afraid I sent it to the wrong address.

11:20 AM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Pirouette said...

Congratulations on your book! I'm hoping I can pick up a copy of it today!

11:46 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Oh, yum, I am so going to make that cake this afternoon. Well, maybe not this afternoon because your book just arrived in the mail which means my to-do list today is not going to happen. Maybe I'll bake it tomorrow. And eat it while reading!

I hope you come up to vancouver BC!!

11:46 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger laura said...

Sweet potato pound cake - mmm mmm! I adore sweet potatoes. Can't wait to try out the recipe!

Many many congratulations on the book - that so exciting!

11:53 AM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Rosiecat said...

Congratulations, Miss Molly! Enjoy your big debut in the spotlight! We'll be waiting for you when you return.

12:02 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger lynda said...

Congratulations and best wishes on your book signing. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. I enjoy reading your work so much. I hope this is a first of more to come! Good luck with the rest of the restaurant work, too. Oooh, a wood-burning oven...how nice!

12:49 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Dianne said...

Molly, congratulations! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the book! I've been reading your site for ages and love the journey on which you've taken all of us. Now that the journey involves a hardback volume with a pretty mint-green cover, well, all the better.

12:49 PM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Jen said...

Today is the day! Congrats millions of times over :) I can't wait to read your book. I wish for you to relish every moment of this day and all those that follow. Cheers!

12:52 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Tracey said...

I just found your blog from a book review and love it. The book's on my wishlist. I hope you come to San Diego (or at least LA) for a signing!

1:09 PM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Alexis said...

Your book is winging its way to me! I can't wait!

1:10 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Hungry Oyster said...

what great news! i will be at powell's on friday to secure my copy of your book--I can't wait!!!
xox.casey

1:51 PM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Kristen said...

I bought your book yesterday. We'll be there tonight to root you on!

2:23 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger debbie said...

i can't wait for friday at powell's!

2:34 PM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*congratulations*
i look forward to devouring your new book.

3:02 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Katie said...

Congratulations on your book getting published! I've been dreaming of the same day coming about for myself someday. Someday. The poundcake recipe sounds great, I love sweet potatoes and I'm always looking for something new to do with them :-) I might even be able to sneak it to my parents in a poundcake, they don't share my liking for them.

Just take a deep breath, have a glass of wine, and enjoy the day!

3:28 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Vicki said...

My book just arrived from Amazon! I am so excited to have you sign it on Friday night!

4:24 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger theWeaselGenius said...

Hi Molly,
Congratulations!
Is your book available in Melbourne, Australia at all?

4:30 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Hannah said...

Congratulations! I am so excited to get my copy! :)

4:36 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Anali said...

I'm so excited!! Congratulations Molly!

I just wanted to let you know that I went and bought your book today. It's patiently sitting beside me, looking so pretty, and waiting for me to look through it.

5:54 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Liz said...

Congratulations, Molly. My copy arrived a few days ago and tonight is the first moment I've had to sit down with it. I made a bit of an event out of it (one I plan on repeating as often as I can until it's done): I made a playlist of I thought would be appropriate, made a cup of tea, snuggled under the covers and cracked the spine of the book.

I was about to cry happy tears during the acknowledgments, then they actually fell when I read the dedication. So wonderful.

I'm so excited to read the rest :)

6:21 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger eviedee said...

I can't even imagine how you must feel today. Congratulations!! It is a very happy coincidence that I will be in Portland this weekend, can't wait to get a copy of your book!

6:27 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Tastebud Tart said...

Mmmm. Poundcake must be going around. I just made a lemon coconut one myself!

Congrats on the book release, and best of luck with your tour! Enjoy!!!

6:44 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger A Brown Eyed Girl said...

Congratulations on your well deserved success. I wish you all you are hoping for of as you continue to pursue your dreams. I can't wait to receive your book, and share your love and warmth with my family and friends. Thank you for being such a tremendous inspiration to so many of us.

8:27 PM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Caroline said...

It was such fun to hear you speak at the UW Bookstore this evening and to have you sign my book. And the macaroon was delicious!

I had a disaster with my Amazon order last week, so I'm glad I got to the bookstore early this evening, and got a copy (and a seat) before they ran out of both!

Congratulations on your book and on a successful launch. Reading your blog will still be a highlight of my week, so long may it continue.

Now we're looking forward to the restaurant....

Safe travels and thanks for everything.

8:41 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Emma Nowinski said...

Molly -
Couldn't make it to the UBookstore tonight, but I hope to give you a high-five and get my own copy at the next Seattle event... congratulations!
Also - my cake stand has been sitting out on the counter since I made your Boozycake for a party last month, and I seriously look at it with longing almost everyday, remembering how tasty that cake was... thanks for introducing yet another fantastic confection to top it with.

*emma

10:02 PM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darn - I didn't make it to the book store tonight, but I did make the Ed Fretwell soup (wonderful!!) and the sliced spring salad with cilantro and french feta. So delicious! I'm absolutely loving your book! I can't help but think that your dad would have been so completely tickled by what you've accomplished. And very proud. Congratulations!

10:05 PM, March 03, 2009  
Anonymous melissa f. said...

friday! i may not have the babies, so i hope you still recognize me. hah.

i am so happy for all of this-- hooray! and that recipe is going in When I Have an Oven pile.

10:28 PM, March 03, 2009  
Blogger Little Gray Pixel said...

I should have your book in my hands in a day or two. Wish I could come out to meet you in person, but it's not in the cards. Good luck! Don't sweat the signings -- the hard part is over. Smile and enjoy your success!

12:14 AM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger jana said...

i made the cake and it is sooo good! without glaze and in a loaf pan but still delicious. and i'm waiting for your book too...congratulations!

3:28 AM, March 04, 2009  
Anonymous sigari said...

For what it's worth--"two 8" x 2" round cake pans equal a 10" x 3 1/2" Bundt pan. Baking times will vary depending on pan size. Deeper pans, for example, require longer baking times." Source: http://tinyurl.com/dbptrp

Congratulations, Molly!

4:05 AM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Leslie Miller said...

Congratulations, what a wonderful time in your life!
try to soak it all in!

4:19 AM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Sarah Beam said...

I just received your book in yesterday's mail and I think it is absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to read it. We may have never met, but I feel I know you now and I'm just so proud of you. Congratulations.

4:56 AM, March 04, 2009  
Anonymous Flavia said...

Hi Molly, Congratulations on your book! I ordered my copy from Amazon and am anxiously waiting for it to arrive. I was at Borders last weekend and saw it on the shelf and almost bought a copy because I'm so anxious to start reading it! Enjoy every minute of your signings and if you ever do a book tour to Houston, I'd love to know!

6:39 AM, March 04, 2009  
Anonymous foodagogo said...

Congratulations on your book. As with "Oragette" praise is due. Both sources of inspiration to the foodies amongst us.

7:53 AM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Giff said...

really enjoying the read so far. you are a marvelous writer.

8:25 AM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Erika said...

Congratulations! I will see you in New York on March 18.

9:00 AM, March 04, 2009  
OpenID squirrelbread said...

as soon as i get some extra cash, i am buying your book! i read the snippets on amazon.com - brilliant per usual. you must be jumping outside your skin right now!

many congrats to you and best of luck to brandon and delancey!

cheers,

*Heather*

9:16 AM, March 04, 2009  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I'm new to your blog and love it....and your book! While wandering through the library on Sunday, the book caught my eye and I took it out. Fortunately, we had a snow day on Monday or I would have had to call in sick since I was so engrossed in reading...and running back and forth to my pantry to see what ingredients I needed! Great book..I'm definitely buying copies for myself and several nieces...and look forward to reading more of your work

9:37 AM, March 04, 2009  
Anonymous Michelle Svendsen said...

Just wanted to let you know that I will be at the NY event. Look forward to meeting you and picking up a copy of the book!!

9:39 AM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Cate said...

Congratulations, Molly! I and a couple of friends are very much looking forward to your New York event. You should traipse out to Brooklyn, too -- I think you'd find some like-minded souls out there.

9:56 AM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger EmB said...

Congratulations on the publication of your book! I look forward to reading it. I really enjoy your blog and just made your caramelized cauliflower recipe last night. It was so good and so easy. And there is even a small amount left over! Next on my list to try is the shaved fennel salad with mushrooms and Parmesan. Enjoy your tour!

10:37 AM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger jcupcakes said...

Congrats Molly! I've been reading for a long time but rarely comment... I just wanted to say that I was walking home from work the other night, right past Powell's, and I saw this:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_b8qkD2CHID8/Sa7JwYoVUeI/AAAAAAAAACI/TKjZy1SNDCc/s1600-h/DSC01254.JPG
and it put a big smile on my face! Looking forward to Friday!

11:03 AM, March 04, 2009  
Anonymous Kaitlyn said...

Congratulations on your book! I received it as a birthday present last week and I am so excited to use some of the recipes! Last year I was going through a rough period of unemployment and the boredom that comes along with it, but your blog inspired me to cook and it is now one of my passions, I even started a blog myself. Good luck with everything!

12:49 PM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Trespasser said...

Hoorah! The long wait is over! There's a great review of the book over at blogcritics.org

1:19 PM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Aren Becks said...

That pound cake looks absolutely mouth watering. I'm going to try the recipe for it and hopefully it turns out well, so I can have some for my own!

2:29 PM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Thea said...

Originally, I wandered over here to tell you that I too have received, read, and generally feasted upon my copy of your book, and have been recommending it to most of my friends (of course, I can't loan it to them, because I've cooking like crazy with your recipes), but I got distracted by that pound cake and almost forgot what I had come for.

Also worth noting: I made the cornbread last night and my husband loved it so much that he requested a new batch with dinner tonight (we had company last night and, sadly, had to share).

Nice work and congratulations!

- Thea, the other pregnant lady (who was not Ashley) at last winter's Egg 101 class at Ciao Thyme.

2:32 PM, March 04, 2009  
Anonymous Julie said...

Congratulations, dear Molly. Can't wait to read you between your own two covers.

xo,

Julie

3:31 PM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Joanna Goddard said...

YAY!!!!!!! congratulations!!!!!

3:44 PM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger the projectivist said...

Hi Molly, i read Adam's fantastic review (from Amateur Gourmet) for your book and just wanted to pop over and say congratulations and i CAN'T WAIT to get my eager little hands on a copy!

3:57 PM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger ejcheng said...

Hi Molly - no need for nerves, the book is fantastic! I told my husband it's as enjoyable as a cupcake! I loved it so much, I bought a copy for my mom. Your stories remind me of the beautiful tradition of family meals in my family. Thank you and congrats!

4:24 PM, March 04, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pre-ordered on Amazon, I have, I'm reading it, and I'm really, really enjoying it! Thank you! -Loren

6:39 PM, March 04, 2009  
Anonymous Karen said...

Congratulations, Molly! I hope the initial book events have gone well. I'm so disappointed that I won't get to meet you at the event here in DC on the 16th. I had planned to be there, but today I logged on and found that I needed to RSVP...and that it's already too late. Ack! Well, have fun anyway!

7:13 PM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger katalina77 said...

I just read Adam Roberts' review of your book on his site, The Amateur Gourmet. I'm so glad he sent his readers over here--you have such a refreshing writing style, and I realize I've already made and loved your chickpea and squash salad! I look forward to buying (and reading!) the new release as soon as I get home from Argentina!

7:59 PM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Cindy said...

I went out and bought your book on Monday night at B&N. LOVE IT. totally. I dont want it to end as its like a sweet story and then a totally bonus prize...a great recipe. SUper cool for you!

8:29 PM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Tamiko said...

Delurking after a few years (!) to say thank you for the book. I would say that I devoured it, as so many others have.

But the truth is that I have hugged it for a few days, catching bits here and there..while my friend ran into QFC, before bedtime, during baby naps and toddler quiet time. I work full-time, with two very little ones (under 4), and I still craved the time to finish it, far too fast.

I hope to write a memoir partly about my dad someday, too.

Congratulations.
-Tamiko
(my husband Josh from UW knows Brandon!)

8:38 PM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Molly said...

Thank you, everyone, for all of your comments here! You are fantastic. Actually, I don't even have words for how good you are. Thank you.

One quick reply: Karen, I am so sorry about the DC event. We initially didn't think that we needed to ask for RSVPs; frankly, we just didn't think that many people would come! But a few days ago, it became clear that we might have more than we expected, so we decided that an RSVP was necessary. And then before I knew it, there were more people RSVPing than we could even fit in the room! I'm so sorry that I didn't reserve a larger space. I really do apologize. I would have loved to meet you.

9:27 PM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger Keri said...

What's a gal to do while waiting for her Amazon pre-order (last August, harumph!) to show up? I guess I'll have to content myself with (more of) this luscious cake made by me and glazed by my 3-year old. Congratulations on the book, and I'd like to selfishly echo the pleas to come north. Vancouver would love to have you!

10:24 PM, March 04, 2009  
Blogger jill said...

Molly,
It was a pleasure to meet you and Brandon at Cafe Lago this evening. I hope you had another great meal. I can't get enough of their ravioli, and my niece wondered if it would be impolite to lick her plate after finishing her gnocchi. I look foward to coming to Delancey when you're open, and checking out your book! I'm also here on Blogspot at Pacific Northwest Seasons. take care, jill

10:31 PM, March 04, 2009  
Anonymous Nadine said...

Congratulations! There's a wonderful review of your book in our "alternative" weekly newspaper, Isthmus.

If my link doesn't work, here's the URL:

http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=25272

6:29 AM, March 05, 2009  
Anonymous Mark Scarbrough said...

Many congrats, many, many. Your blog is truly wonderful--and I can't wait to see the book. It takes a publishing village--and it's nice to see that you've come out the other side with pound cake (almost) intact! Love the recipe--because, as a Texas boy, I love sweet potatoes (once almost got me kicked off a big gig with the U. S. Potato Board--never, ever make the mistake of confusing potatoes and sweet potatoes in front of the chairman of the board).

6:47 AM, March 05, 2009  
Blogger elizabeth said...

what can i say--i love, love, love the book. i've had it for 12 hours and cannot put it down. your stories are tender and engrossing. i even got misty reading the acknowledgments.

and then there's the recipes...clearly there's a lot of cooking to be done, once i get back into my kitchen.

can't wait to see you in new york!

8:40 AM, March 05, 2009  
Blogger Kendra said...

Hi! A friend of mine just recommended your book to me. I picked it up the next day and I know I'm late to the party but I am a new regular reader! Thanks so much for sharing your love for food and passion for life. You are an inspiration!!

Congrats on the book!

(And please come to LA for a book event! There are lots of food lovers here too.)

9:34 AM, March 05, 2009  
Blogger Aran said...

Molly, I don't know what else I can add to the long list of comments. Just tell you that I received your book today and I am in love. A big, sincere congrats on this fantastic piece!

9:58 AM, March 05, 2009  
Blogger Lorna H. said...

I work in a library and we just got your book today. I can't wait to borrow it but it already has a waiting list! It looks great!

11:50 AM, March 05, 2009  
Anonymous Jen said...

I've been following your blog for a few weeks now (can't believe I jsut discovered it). So happy for you! I'm so excited about your restaurant too. So glad you're in Seattle. Another great place for me to dine! Good luck!

3:01 PM, March 05, 2009  
Anonymous Teri @ Make a Whisk said...

I love your blog, and your columns in Bon Appetit, and I can't wait to pick up your book!

8:00 PM, March 05, 2009  
Blogger Molly said...

This is totally silly to point out, but I love that you and I sign our names essentially the same, which is interesting only because I've begun to think of how to sign my name now... I've had people ask me to sign the lit mags and whatnot where poems of mine appear, and I'm wondering if I want to do the whole name or just "Molly." You just signing the first name makes me feel confident that this is OK too! xo

1:30 AM, March 06, 2009  
Blogger Katya said...

That cake is one of the most perfect things that has ever graced my counter. Thank you. I am immoderate in my use of nutmeg and tripled or quadrupled it.

7:12 AM, March 06, 2009  
Blogger Wide Lawns said...

I made the cake, with the glaze and it was a huge hit. My family loved it. Luckily we had leftover baked sweet potatoes from dinner the night before so this came together very easily.

Also, I have to add that my word verification is obologna. What are the odds of that?

8:41 AM, March 06, 2009  
Blogger *erin nicole* said...

Just wanted to drop by and say that I love your blog and just ordered myself a copy of your book yesterday. I can barely wait to start reading. Congrats!

12:10 PM, March 06, 2009  
Anonymous Sallie said...

Great write up in this week's People magazine. I have ordered my copy and can't wait for it to arrive... Congratulations!!!

12:48 PM, March 06, 2009  
Blogger Dot said...

Hello Molly!

I'm so happy that you have shared all these recipes. I simply can't imagine my life now without Doron's Turkey Meatballs. I don't love them as much as I love my husband and son but it's close. We carefully divided up the leftovers the next day and made some smashing meatball sandwiches on a baguette with the yogurt sauce drizzled over. I hope you don't mind me saying that I think your book is destined to become one of the much loved, splotchy ones held together with a rubberband. As my dad would say, "You did good!" May there be many more.

1:26 PM, March 06, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

Congratulations! Wish your tour would bring you to Portland Maine. Can't wait to read it!

1:44 PM, March 06, 2009  
Blogger Full Explosive Joy said...

I so wanted to come to your book signing at the U Bookstore the other night. I had not heard about you or your fabulous blog until I read the article in the soon to be defunct Seattle PI newspaper. I was especially taken by the story of your romance with your now husband...what a delightful tale! I am looking forward to coming to your restaurant and to spending time reading through your past blog postings. I wish you all the very best.

Julia
UDistrict
Seattle

1:58 PM, March 06, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Molly,

This is the 141st congratulations, but heartfelt no less.

I was in B&N this morning and read a few chapters of your book. It was shelved on the bottom shelf under the W's which I thought could be better. Soooo-I moved one copy to the end display (along with Bobby Flay) and another copy onto the Special Books This Month--top shelf display. I thought your book needed to be highlighted a bit more.

Enjoy this time. I hope it sells a million. Good luck also with the new restaurant. What an exciting adventure!!

P.S. Thank you for the good recipes.

A fan.

2:34 PM, March 06, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't be more disappointed that I was arranging carpools for my 3 kids for sports and taking off work to see you in DC and it's full!!!! MY copy has arrived, but I'm a bit downhearted!

5:49 PM, March 06, 2009  
Blogger gail said...

Congratulations!!! So excited to get a copy!! Enjoy the whirlwind :)

8:39 PM, March 06, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your book, then I made the pickled grapes, carrots, your wedding cake, the slow baked roma tomatoes, and then a chicken gumbo (not your recipe). My wife was impressed. She thanks you for the new and improved me. Loved your book. Tonight I'm gonna make your pesto with the tomatoes.

Patroller Scott

6:04 AM, March 07, 2009  
Anonymous Victoria said...

Dear Anonymous (#145),
I'm sure Molly will respond with this, but I just noticed that a second event has been added for DC:

NEW: Washington, DC
March 17, 12:30 pm
Booksigning
Borders
1801 K Street NW
Free event, open to the public

I know how upset I'd be if I'd gotten shut out of the event in my area and so I just thought I'd pass this tidbit along in case you could finagle some free time that day. Good luck!!

9:38 AM, March 07, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in the middle of your book. I made the berry pound cake and it was devoured by my family. I think I will move on to the meatballs next. I love how you book is such a wonderful mix of autobiography and recipes. Congratulations!

9:41 AM, March 07, 2009  
Blogger Emily said...

I almost made it to Powell's, but we just couldn't make it on time... we live in Salem and didn't get out of work soon enough. Hope it went well for you.

10:41 AM, March 07, 2009  
Blogger Annie C said...

Hi There, I blogged about your book on www.littlebuildingcafe.com. We are a small coffee shop in Mississippi and we love good food and good writing. thank you!

11:00 AM, March 07, 2009  
Blogger Sharon said...

I was flipping through People magazine and got so excited to see a great review of your book. I was like "I know her!" well ok, I don't really, but I was happy for you nonetheless.

12:23 PM, March 07, 2009  
Blogger Merisi said...

Congratulations! :-)

Strange as it may seem,
it is of comfort for me to read that the DC event is full:
The District was my home before I moved to Vienna, and it makes me smile that even though I am not there anymore, enough people like to read and cook and buy your book there! There's hope inside the Beltway!

1:02 PM, March 07, 2009  
Blogger Millicent said...

Molly, I got your book a few days ago and am so excited to start it. I opened up to a random page and it was on the chapter titled "Heaven." I, too, went abroad to study (Cambridge Uni) after my undergrad studies...so the very first paragraph got me a bit sentimental. Anyway, great work! You're an inspiration.

1:45 PM, March 07, 2009  
Blogger FancyMoves said...

Hey Molly - I'm in Texas so I couldn't make it to any of your book signings, but my son goes to Reed College in Portland and I joked with him earlier in the week, that if he was a really good son and wanted to be my favorite child for a minute or two, that he could hop the train/bus to downtown and get your book for me. I was really just kidding him, but he did it! I'm sure he stood out as the only long-haired, skinny college boy in your line. He said that you were really sweet and PRETTY. Thanks for the opportunity for him to do something nice for his mother. It rarely happens these days. Looking forward to the book!

9:40 PM, March 07, 2009  
Blogger majmily's said...

congratulations:)

3:53 AM, March 08, 2009  
Anonymous SheV said...

Dear Molly, as I live in Switzerland I can't make it to any signings but I have managed to bully my bookstore into ordering your book :-) the Swiss suppliers don't have it and their American supplier was sold out but finally they found a place to get it. All I have to do is wait two more weeks :-)

4:48 AM, March 08, 2009  
Anonymous Martina, Berlin said...

Dear Molly,
I am so excited for you! Biiig congratulations from Berlin, Germany!

Is there a slight chance that your publisher would expand your book signing tour to Europe? - well, Berlin is waiting for you!!!

8:47 AM, March 08, 2009  
Anonymous Pam said...

Heartfelt congratulations on your book. I've read about 80% at this point, and am lamenting that it will be over soon. What gorgeous work. Well, at least I can console myself by reading your archives!

11:19 AM, March 08, 2009  
Anonymous Gill said...

Molly,
Your book arrived on Thursday night in my post box on the Isle of Skye, Scotland along with Elspeth Thompson's "The Wonderful Weekend Book". I have had a very relaxing weekend reading bits of both books, being inspired by them, blogging about them and will be testing out your dad's potato salad recipe tomorrow.
Look forward to reading the rest.
Gill.
www.littlehillbigsea.typepad.com

12:34 PM, March 08, 2009  
Anonymous f said...

I made it!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fionab/3339230426/
So delicious. Thanks Shari and Molly :-)

1:42 PM, March 08, 2009  
Anonymous EB said...

I've ordered it and am just waiting for it's arrival! I'm so happy for you Molly.

1:50 PM, March 08, 2009  
Blogger Todd said...

Molly, you rock!

Reading your blog is a joy and the world is a better place because you are in it :-)

Deep breaths this week. We all will be thinking about you.

7:21 PM, March 08, 2009  
Blogger Lori said...

I just picked up the book and I LOVE IT! I can't put it down :)

6:30 AM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Bess said...

My goal was to represent Amy Strong's MyFamousRecipe.wordpress.com blog at your UW Bookstore event last week, but the chicken pox intervened. Istead, I lay deleriously on the couch looking at A Homemade Life's beautiful cover.
Orangette, you've made a wonderful contribution. Thanks, and I look forward to connecting sometime soon.

8:35 AM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous Lindi said...

So, I just read an article you wrote for bon appétit and it almost made me cry. Until today I had never heard of you (SORRY!) but I am excited to go out and get your book, and wanted to say thank you for being brave enough to share. I love to write and I love to cook, but I consider them hobbies. . . although the few food & wine pairing blog posts I wrote for AmericanWinery.com were the most fun I ever had. Best of luck to you, and thank you again for sharing.

12:55 PM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Until last week I had never heard of you, but over the weekend I made the Sweet Potato Pound Cake and today I finished reading your book in a single sitting.

Congratulations on finding your "bliss."

Lexa'

2:33 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Jill said...

Help! I'm getting all the multitude of comments to this post sent to my personal email! Molly, you're very popular (SOOOO much more than me and my blog, wistful sigh) but how do I stop getting these? I click on "unscribe to comments on this post," to no avail. When I get here it says I am already unsubscribed...and then I continue to get the messages sent to my email. You can all throw juicy, overripe tomatoes at me, but does anyone know how to stop this (without stopping notices about comments to MY blog)? hugs to all and world peace!

3:27 PM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Molly said...

Jill! Good lord, I'm so sorry. That is really weird, and I don't know what to tell you. Maybe there's some glitch in Blogger? It throws tantrums sometimes. I am not at all technologically inclined, but maybe someone else reading this might have a suggestion? So sorry for your trouble...

3:42 PM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous vegetarian recipes said...

Congratulations on your book! This is indeed another success for you.

Can't wait to have a copy.

1:59 AM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger tess said...

made the sweet potato pound cake. fabulous!

12:30 PM, March 10, 2009  
Anonymous Trisha said...

I made this cake tonight -- but instead of sweet potato puree, I used some of your butternut squash puree that I had left over from a holiday meal. They turned out DELICIOUS. This is now in my recipe book and I will try again with sweet potato one day.

6:01 PM, March 10, 2009  
Blogger Emily said...

This looks absolutely fabulous, and I'd love to make it while I'm Louviers (ahhh! Assisted at my first class yesterday in Paris!! Ahh! Then went and bought a celebratory pair of flats that are perfect and way too expenseive! Whoo-hoo!).
But, do you know what to do if you've only got baking powder in the house? I remember reading somewhere that that's all the have here, and that's all I found in the baking drawers as well. How should one substitute?
oh, and p.s. Congrats, m'dear ;)

2:22 AM, March 11, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard about you, your book, and blog on Head Butler last week. Made the cake the very same day (had mashed sweet potatoes in the freezer - meant to be). I baked often, very often, and this is one of the loveliest cakes I've had the pleasure of serving to my family. Moist but not sticky, solid but not heavy, spicy but not noticeably so. One of those cakes you can eat out of hand by the chunk. I did not use the glaze (no buttermilk in the house - meant to be). Anyway, thanks for the great blog and recipe. I look forward to coming back for more.

3:53 PM, March 16, 2009  
Blogger Alexandra said...

Wonderful cake, thank you so much for sharing it with us! My two toddlers absolutly loved it and I hope to be able to post some pictures later, if there's any of it left. They both literally charged over that cake!

Good luck with everything and keep blogging away!

Cheers!

7:38 AM, March 18, 2009  
Blogger Jo said...

Just wanted to say that I loved the cake! Made it this weekend for my father-in-law's birthday, and it was a huge hit!

2:54 PM, March 18, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have made this cake twice in a week and it is so frickin' good! Glad you are home safely from your tour. You are a blessing to us.

6:48 PM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger Heather said...

Hi, Molly,
I came across your very lovely book because you allowed a Kindle edition. Thanks! I practice medicine during the day, then grow food and cook and manage my website in the evening, so I probably wouldn't have found it if it hadn't been on Kindle. I am so tired of slick, vaguely or grossly cynical "foodie" books that a clear, true voice like yours is a nearly-ecstatic pleasure to encounter. Please, keep writing.

7:51 AM, March 30, 2009  
Blogger ashby said...

This is my new favorite potluck dessert. It's incredibly simple and also incredibly delicious. I use a little bit less sugar (maybe 1/2 cup less, total), double the nutmeg and some extra vanilla in the glaze to thin it out a little. It's amazing.

Also, your book is fantastic. I bought a copy as a gift, then couldn't give it away, so I had to buy another copy for my friend!

7:17 AM, April 06, 2009  
Blogger Jamie said...

The pound cake turned out amazing, not to sweet, just like I like it. Didn't have a bundt cake pan, so made mini muffins and took them to work to share. Thanks!

8:13 AM, April 09, 2009  
Blogger sherrieg said...

I almost didn't comment (what's one more little comment after 180 others?) but decided that I had to tell you how much I'm enjoying your book. I bought it as a birthday gift for myself, and have another copy on the way for a foody friend's upcoming birthday. I can't wait to add it to my cookbook shelf, get batter and berries all over the pages, and write my notes in the margins. So thank you, thank you, and please come to Nova Scotia! You can't get much better than Digby scallops. And best of luck with Delancy!

2:57 PM, April 12, 2009  
Anonymous uk chefs forum said...

Great cake! I adore the photos on your site...really beautiful.

6:51 AM, April 21, 2009  
Anonymous judyjar said...

enjoyed your book- so happy to see the tomato fennel soup recipe- it was dee-lish!

just a question about the sweet potato cake- the texture of mine came out quite moist with a very dense crumb. wondering if that is from the moisture in the sweet potatoes- or maybe I just undercooked it? (but the toothpick was clean!)

8:52 PM, May 04, 2009  
Anonymous LSW said...

OK, I've made this cake twice now and it is wonderful! Don't be tempted to add spices; the nutmeg is all you need. The only thing I did differently was to first paint the glaze onto the entire cake with a pastry brush and then I drizzled the rest over the top a little at a time.

11:29 AM, August 04, 2009  
Blogger Emily said...

Made it. Love it. The glaze seals the deal.
Thank you!

8:49 PM, November 04, 2010  

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